On NSFW Corp, Leigh Cowart explains how the flu vaccine works and why you should get it. The flu may seem like an innocent enough illness causing nothing more than a runny nose, but Leigh is quick to remind us that in "your average year, the flu will kill 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide."
But Leigh, I’m a healthy adult that never gets sick! Why on earth would I let a stranger jab me with a needle and deposit killed, inactivated viral particles in my perfectly toned deltoid?
Well, I’m glad you asked. As Dr. Zubin Damania (or as you may know him, ZDoggMD) reminds us in his charmingly bizarre video, One Injection: The Flu Shot, up to half of people with documented influenza viral infection are asymptomatic. These lucky bastards get the flu but don’t experience any symptoms, then spread the flu to the vulnerable populations who will definitely experience symptoms. So even though that asshole yapping on Bluetooth, spraying spittle all over the cream and sugar counter at your neighborhood chain coffee shop may seem physically robust, he could in theory be spreading flu to vulnerable members of the community, like little kids and old people. "These folks should get immunized," notes Dr. Damania in our email correspondence, "Or else they are dicks."
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